CHARTER OF WOMEN'S SOLIDARITY
Feelings of responsibility for Russia and anxiety for our
children impels us as representatives of women's organisations to endorse
the following Charter of Women's Solidarity.
We believe that
consolidation of women is critical to assure cessation
of social and economic crisis and prevent social collisions in this country.
Women's solidarity will give new impetus to processes
of interest alignment, consultation and search for reasonable compromise
within society to secure peaceful and prosperous life in Russia.
Enforcement of the principle of equal rights and freedoms,
and equal opportunities for their realisation for men and women stated
in the Constitution of the RF (art.19.3) is basic to sustainable social
development and public welfare.
Unconditional compliance to the Convention on elimination
of women's discrimination in any form and other international documents
is prerequisite to improve social and economic status of Russian women.
Therefore, we agree to cooperate in a constructive way and coordinate
Our priorities include:
making amendments and modifications to current legislation,
drafting and enacting new regulations bringing Russian legislation in compliance
with constitutional principle of equal rights, freedoms, and opportunities
for men and women, including a particular Act on equal rights and opportunities;
securing women's employment, enhancing their competitiveness
in labour market;
guaranteeing equal access to free high-quality education
for men and women;
assuring that women and children have access to medical care;
creating environments facilitating deliberate reproduction and family planning;
prevention of social-rooted diseases;
prevention and eradication of violence, cruelty, humiliation
of human dignity either in society or in family; improving women's working
and habitual environments in rural areas, developing social infrastructure
promoting values of family life as based on mutual respect
positive representation of modern women in mass media, discard
patriarchal paradigm of women's role and place in society.
We are determined to:
interests and rights of children so they could grow healthy,
interests and rights of army recruits and soldiers at regular
service, so we shall promote optional civic service institution and military
every Russian citizen's right to live in harmony with the
Nature, breath clean air, drink clean water, so we shall support environmental
friendly technological developments;
every Russian citizen's rights for individual and social
security, and we shall promote legal and social protection of refugees
and forced immigrants, efforts to eradicate crime and corruption;
woman's right to receive labour compensation equal to that
of man, and we shall act against any discrimination of women in labour-
and employment-related issues;
woman's right to live at acceptable standard of life, and
we shall do our best to prevent feminization of poverty.
We make commitment to join our best efforts at turning
ongoing Russian reforms into secure channel of true humanity and democracy.
improve national-level legislation so it would assure enforcement
of the principle of equal rights, freedoms, and equal opportunities and
provide for women's representation at all levels of political decision-making
in proportion adequate to their role in social life; in particular, women
should be represented in RF Security Council;
introduce practices of social contracting and partnership
between women's public organisations and government bodies at all levels;
design and implement regional and sector projects within
the framework of the National Action Plan of Improving Status of Women
in the Russian Federation.